Behrend-Adas (Seniors)

Behrend-Adas Senior Fellowship


The Lunch Program is suspending our regular programming at this time and per the directive of the DC government, moving to home-delivered meals. Please note that frozen meal distribution, which will be replacing our boxed lunches until further notice, is run SOLELY by the DC Department on Aging and Community Living and not through either the EDCJCC or Adas Israel Congregation.

Home-delivered meal information:

  1. You are eligible for home-delivered meals from the DC Department on Aging and Community Living if you are a current participant in the Behrend Adas Senior Fellowship and live in the District
  2. You will receive 7 home-delivered meals each week
  3. The meals will be frozen, and DO NOT include pork or seafood but DO include other types of fish and meat; you may request that your meals be vegetarian (but they have to either all be vegetarian or none)
  4. The meals will arrive between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM on a specific day that we will communicate with you, and folks are asked to please be home during this window every week
  5. You should receive a call from the driver prior to the delivery of your meal
  6. If you are not a current participant in our program (do not have an intake form on file with us) and would like to receive home-delivered frozen meals please contact Iona Senior Services at 202-895-9448

Please review this FAQ from the DC Office on Aging and Community Living for more information on receiving meals.

If you are a current program participant and need assistance, please contact Vivian Henning-Bailey at 202-777-3243.

We thank you in advance for your flexibility and understanding as we continue navigating this rapidly changing situation and want you to know that your health and safety is our absolute top priority.


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About the program:

Senior program participantsThe Behrend-Adas Senior Fellowship is a daily program open to the community that features a kosher lunch, exercise classes, film screenings, art classes, live entertainment, and a Shabbat service on Fridays. A hot kosher lunch is also served daily. Each month, featured speakers discuss nutrition, health, Judaics, elder law, cell phone photography, and more. We even enjoy monthly ice cream socials!

This program is open to older adults (ages 60+) residing in the District of Columbia. All are welcome regardless of background or religious affiliation.

The Senior Fellowship is run by the Edlavitch DCJCC in partnership with Adas Israel Congregation.

See this Month's Newsletter and Calendar

Upcoming Events


How do I join?
Please email or call Vivian Henning-Bailey, Manager of Senior Adult Programs, at or 202-777-3243, two days in advance.

Where do I go?
Adas Israel Congregation
Youth Lounge (3rd floor)
2850 Quebec Street NW 20008
H2, L1, L2, L4 bus lines and the Metro Red Line Cleveland Park station

When does the program operate?
Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Lunch is served at 12:00 PM.

How much does it cost?
The full cost of lunch is $6.95. We welcome your donation to help cover the cost (suggested donation is $4.00).

Do you have a few hours to volunteer? Email Vivian at

Resources on aging

Jewish Council for the Aging
Jewish Information Referral Agency
Charles E. Smith Life Communities
Life Times Newsletter (Charles E. Smith Life Communities)


Adas Israel Congregation and Sisterhood
Edlavitch DCJCC
DC Government’s Office on Aging

This program is made possible by a generous grant from the DC Government’s Office on Aging, the Federal Emergency Management System, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the Schoenbaum Family Foundation, and the Suevia and Rudolph Behrend Endowment of the United Jewish Endowment Fund.